Descale Your Breville Coffee Maker With These Simple Steps

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If you have a Breville Coffee maker at home, you need to make sure that Breville coffee machine will remain in good working condition by simply cleaning the machine. A dirty coffee machine will most likely affect the taste of brewed coffee and water flow from water reservoir. In this tutorial, we have listed the steps on how Breville descale process is done.

How to descale Breville coffee maker

As we may know, water contains mineral such as magnesium and calcium right. Since the Breville coffee maker uses water for brewing coffee, the minerals passes through the coffee machine and with continued use the mineral deposits can accumulate on the machine’s hot water components causing mineral buildup. The descaling process is a simple procedure that needs to be done at least between 3 to 6 months or depending on how often you use the coffee maker.

Descaling is a simple process that uses descaling solution that consists of citric acid and other components but the most common descaling solution is using vinegar solution.

For the purpose of today’s tutorial, let us use vinegar solution as descaling solution to descale Breville coffee maker. Although the process may sound easy, it is actually a time consuming but not to worry as the descaling process not only will it make your coffee maker clean it can also fix issues that you might be experiencing with your coffee maker.

Follow the step-by-step guide listed below to descale your Breville coffee machine:

  1. Step 1: Unplug coffee machine

    The very first thing that you need to do is to unplug coffee machine from power source or wall outlet.

  2. Step 2: Fill water tank or water reservoir

    There are two steps to do there. First, pour in at least 4 cups of white vinegar to the water reservoir. Next is to fill with warm water the water reservoir of your coffee machine. The amount of water and vinegar also varies with the capacity of your Breville machine.

    For instance, a 12L Breville machine requires a least 4 cups of water and 8 cups of white vinegar. To be safe with the amount, you can use a measuring cup that are marked in either liters or oz. On the other hand, if you have a smaller Breville coffee maker use half vinegar and half water.

    After pouring both the vinegar and water to the reservoir, plug the coffee maker to a power source and then turn the machine on.

  3. Step 3: Rinse Coffee maker

    The descaling solution (mixture of water and vinegar) should be allowed to sit in the machine’s reservoir for about an hour.

  4. Step 4: Run Descale Cycle

    Since there are different Breville models available, there are some Breville with a descale settings on its display. If the Breville coffee machine you have has this setting, you can simply run descale cycle by pushing and holding on the Strength button for about 5 seconds. Descale should appear on the screen.

    If you have a Breville coffee machine without the descale mode function, not to worry as you can still descale the machine manually. How? Just turn coffee maker on and brew. Similar process as you would brew your coffee.

    In here, descaling has begun and solution is starting to break down mineral deposits that may have accumulated. If you notice on the machine’s display, it is now on descale mode. Continue with the descale cycle until all the water from the reservoir are emptied to the coffee pot.

    Since it is as if you are brewing coffee, the process will be similar but with descaling mode you are not actually brewing espresso or coffee.

    The entire descaling process does not take long for it to complete, however, the descale cycle usually takes about 3-5 minutes. That depends on the capacity of the machine and the thickness of the mineral buildup on your machine.

    After reservoir is completely emptied, pour fresh water to the reservoir. Push and hold again the strength button for 5 seconds. This will enable descale mode. But this time, the process is now to remove the taste as well as the smell of vinegar on the machine. Again, continue to brew until the reservoir is emptied.

    If you think that the machine still has the vinegar taste and smell, you can do another round of descale cycle on your machine.

  5. Step 5: Repeat Descale process (steps 2 to 4) if needed

    As mentioned, you need to pour fresh water to the reservoir after all water is emptied (mixture of water and vinegar) to run another cycle of descale. Continue to run the cycle using the fresh water until no traces of vinegar from the system is present or if there are still leftover solution.

Final Thoughts

It is important to descale your coffee machine especially if you use the machine on a daily basis. It is a simple process that only takes an hour.

After descaling, you can now enjoy your great cup of coffee. That’s it! Descaling your Breville coffee maker using a cleaning solution has never been this easy and simple.


Can you do the same steps above on a Breville espresso machine?

The descale process mentioned above is a different process to descale an espresso machine. No, you cannot do the steps above to your Breville espresso machine.

How often does a coffee makers needs descaling?

The timing of descaling your coffee maker depends on how often you use your coffee maker. However, it is recommended to descale the machine after 3-6 months of use. Over time, bacteria and molds can accumulate after mineral build up has taken place

Why is there a need to descale your machine?

Mineral deposits can build up on the machine’s metal components that does not only affect the taste of the brewed coffee but can also affect the water flow of the coffee maker. Not only that, the buildup can also damage your machine in the long run.

Can citric acid be use to descale your machine?

Yes, citric acid can also be use as descaling solution. Although when citrus acid is used, mineral deposits tends to dissolve slowly as compared to using vinegar solution to descale.

How will I know if my coffee machine already need descaling?

If you notice that the taste of your brewed coffee starts to change or the water flow from reservoir seems to reduce, then its time to descale your machine

How long will the descaling procedure take?

Normally, descaling only takes about an hour or max of two. But, for a large capacity coffee maker it will take longer. Also, the number of repeated cycles to remove smell and taste of vinegar also varies.

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